Former Manchester United striker Lou Macari led the tributes to his old colleague Brian Greenhoff who died suddenly this week at the age of 60.
Brian and brother Jimmy enjoyed a magical time together at Old Trafford – winning the FA Cup in 1977, along with Macari – before Brian moved to Leeds two years later.
It was the red United that Greenhoff held closest to his heart, however, and the commitment, dedication and professionalism he showed made him a true fans’ favourite.
Macari remembers: “Brian loved playing for United, it was a dream come true for him. His only aim was to keep playing for United as long as he could and he was a true servant.”
Brian went on to make 271 appearances for his beloved United, and he was also supremely proud of the 18 caps he won for England.
Macari continued: “I was only looking at pictures of us winning the FA Cup final the other day. He was jumping around all over the place and was as happy as Larry.
“He enjoyed highlights like the Cup win in 1977, but the biggest thrill and highlight Brian ever had was simply representing United.”
Another former teammate, Arthur Albiston, also has fond memories of a dedicated professional who was known for his versatility as well as his energy.
Arthur says: “He got in the first team very young – in midfield. But he found his niche at centre-back and he was one of the best around.
“He passed well. People thought he’d struggle as he wasn’t 6ft-plus but he read the game well. You couldn’t compare him to anyone nowadays.”